Corsair intros full line of cooling fans

Computex — Corsair’s lineup includes cases, coolers, and PSUs, all of which incorporate fans. I suppose it was only a matter of time before the company started selling its own. While at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, we came across a stack of new cooling fans bearing Corsair’s name.

These Air Series fans are split into several categories. The SP models use wide blades to deliver higher static pressure for radiators and CPU coolers. The AF units have thinner blades, but more of them, and are designed to generate airflow for cases. Corsair says it took years of trial-and-error testing to come up with just the right blade shapes for each design.

 

The fans come in performance and quiet flavors, each of which includes resistors to allow users to change the rotational speed. Both families incorporate rubber-damped corners to reduce vibration.

The AF series is currently available in 120- and 140-mm sizes, with 200-mm models in the works. (Blades have to be added to the larger models to maintain the correct fan spacing, otherwise performance and noise levels are compromised.) Thus far, the SP line is limited to 120 mm, the most common size for heatsinks and radiators.

In a unique twist, each fan comes with three colored rings that can be swapped by the user. One of the rings is white, allowing modders to apply their own paint. Red and blue rings are included, as well, but no black… yet.

Newegg already has a number of the fans in stock. The going rate is $17 for 120-mm models and $20 for the 140s. There are discounts if you purchase more than one fan, and Corsair is even offering dual-fan packs that cost a few bucks less than a pair purchased separately. Expect these fans to start trickling into Corsair’s other products over time.

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    • LoneWolf15
    • 7 years ago

    I hope their new 200mm fans on the horizon are better than the ones that come in their cases –and that they actually fit.

    I love my Corsair 650D case. However, Corsair’s fans are an odd size/depth that makes replacement difficult, and their 200mm fans are louder than competing fans that move more air. I was able to replace the top one easily (Cooler Master MegaFlow), but the front one is a pain in the rear to find a good replacement for. If Corsair had left just another 3-5mm up front, it wouldn’t be such an issue.

    Too many 200mm fans only have mounting holes for exhaust, and not intake, too; finding really high quality ones is a pain.

      • Pholostan
      • 7 years ago

      I like Bitfenix PRO line of fans. They come in 200 mm and 230 mm variants. The have schematics for the mounting holes and whatnot on their site.

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 years ago

    “Corsair says it took years of trial-and-error testing to come up with just the right blade shapes for each design.”

    years…………………hmmm for some pc fans, I guess Corsair must have quite the fan R&D department, maybe they should have got scythe to make some fans for them and slap their badge on them………..

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      Scythe fans are just as hit-and-miss.

      I bought 16 (renderfarm) low-profile coolers with Scythe fans and I’ve had to replace ALL of them because four of them failed within a year. Looking on the web, I’m far from being the only person who’s hating on Scythe.

      At any rate, if these Corsair fans aren’t made by Noctua, I’m sticking with Noctua, thanks. I’ve seen their research labs and they’re less fictitious than Corsairs at the moment.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 7 years ago

      Years of trial and error bargaining with some no-name fan maker to get them to lower their price to $1 per fan so Corsair can mark them up to $20. Many, many long years.

    • Goty
    • 7 years ago

    I’d be interested to see if the SP series fans could knock off my Gentle Typhoons for radiator fans. Someone buy one and send it to Martin.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      My Scythe UK 3k RPM fans already dominate the slow and weak GT AP15s. I run them at 1650 < RPM, though. I don’t find it loud, as what I’m doing always drowns out the barely audible fan noise. You appear to be aware of Martin, so check out his reviews on XS if you want better fans.

    • trek205
    • 7 years ago

    can these Corsair fans actually be worth a crap? the 120mm case fans they use are pretty noisy and the A70 fans are stupid loud if you dont use the resistor.

      • Frith
      • 7 years ago

      Corsair is increasingly becoming a company that tries to take advantage of its name with high-price, low-quality products. Charging $20 for a bit of moulded plastic and a motor is ridiculous.

      I bought a Termaltake all in one water cooler because they were cheaper than the Corsair models and the reviews I read showed the cheaper Thermaltakes delivered lower temperatures.

      I think Fractal Design make far better cases for half the price of Corsair’s.

      Corsair currently used Sandforce controllers in all their SSDs.

      In my perception Corsair has become a company that sells over priced crap.

        • spigzone
        • 7 years ago

        Agree. I’ve been thinking this for a while.

        I bought 2 Corsair SSDs based on the ‘Corsair reputation’. They both failed within two months, had cheap thick cases and included no accessories. I replaced them with Samsung 830s. Now THAT’s a properly done SSD package with thin, finely engineered, almost jewel-like cases and they included their excellent Magician software and a nice array of accessories. All for just $10 more then the crap Corsair SSDs.

        Their new power supplies routinely are no longer in the top tier or get the highest level awards.

        Sure is looking like they’re cashing out the reputation they built up.

          • rrr
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<]Their new power supplies routinely are no longer in the top tier or get the highest level awards.[/quote<] ORLY? How about AX650 to AX850? Also, their new PSU lineup sounds exciting, they finally incorporate semi-passive operation to make them quieter.

        • cynan
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Corsair currently used Sandforce controllers in all their SSDs[/quote<] And Marvell (Performance Pro)

        • ColeLT1
        • 7 years ago

        I have used corsair PSUs exclusively for a while now, the TX650 in about 30-50 computers in the past couple of years, and a handfull TX750, 850, and 950 models, not one has failed. My personal PC has a 800D and a TX950, love the case, and the PSU works.

        I have heard mediocre things about their builder series, I would buy an earthwatts for a low wattage PSU instead, you get what you pay for.

        Just like any other company that sells high end and low end, the cheaper stuff is not going to be as quality, but $17-20 for a (hopefully) quality fan is the norm. My 3 NZXT 140mm case fans and 3 Scythe 120mm radiator fans cost about the same.

        Edit:
        I don’t know who made the original 3 140mm fans for the 800D, they have a corsair sticker, they were quiet and I had no issues except as a product of being quiet they were low RPM fans and did not move enough air. I gave them to my roommate who put 2 of them in his Corsair 500 in the 2 spots on top and they seem to be fine.

          • smilingcrow
          • 7 years ago

          Corsair use various ODMs for their power supplies unless that has changed recently. So basically selling on their brand name which is very common in this market sector anyway.

            • entropy13
            • 7 years ago

            Not really “various”, unless 3 is too much for you. Great Wall, Seasonic, and CWT.

          • rrr
          • 7 years ago

          There’s little reason not to buy builder series, as long as they are priced competitively for 12V power they offer.

          A rundown:

          CX430 – 336W@12V
          CX500 – 408W@12V
          CX600 – 480W@12V

          CX430 notably caught hell because it had lower 12V capacity than CX400 it replaced. But all in all, it turned out to be decent budget option, in fact what it lacked in power, it made up in combining cable length + sleeving.

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        I’m not sure… Corsair cases seem very well made. Their memory used to have a pretty good reputation, but I recently bought some stick and one of the four came up with memtest errors, which proceeded to get worse over the month I owned it. I sent it in for a RMA and received a new one. That one exhibited a couple errors in a 9 hour memtest run, which I’m going to write off as erroneous. That’s the same thing I did with the other stick too though.

        • Washer
        • 7 years ago

        Corsair doesn’t make any of their products, they’re all rebranded. I wouldn’t say much of their line up is crap. I do think they sell some questionable value items (all in one water cooling is universally a poor deal, Corsair branded heatsinks are overpriced) but their cases are well designed and high quality, they do back up their more expensive memory and they do at least use quality OEMs on their higher end PSUs. But this is mostly the nature of the beast in computer-enthusiast-land, your dollar gets wasted on a lot of middle men.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          I don’t know that all of their products should be called ‘rebranded’, that implies they are selling the exact same product as lots of other companies just with their sticker on it. It’s true for some of their products but for example PSUs, while built by an OEM, are often specific Corsair designs.

      • cynan
      • 7 years ago

      It all depends on how good the fans are. If Corsair has really done their research and come up with a design as good or better than other fans on the market on the static pressure/noise level ratio, then they could be. Just look at how gaga people go (especially watercoolers) over the Scythe Gentle Typhoon fans. They are about $20 a piece for the 120mm size, though you can find them for less if you look, but frequently sell out at prices not far off.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      I found a nice place in my closet for the stock Corsair H80 fans after I opened the box. Maybe they’ll make some 38mm fans for the AIO coolers.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    FIRST!

    I win, SSK lose.

      • pikaporeon
      • 7 years ago

      That’s some Tim Thomas level grammar.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        Darnit; I should’ve said ‘loose’

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Did someone just upthumb me?

        • Goty
        • 7 years ago

        Probably SSK.

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 7 years ago

      Where is that guy anyway? It has been all quiet on the northern front.

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